AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 66. Space Debris: Natural, Cosmic and Manmade
Topical Session Oral, Wednesday, June 5, 2002, 2:30-4:00pm, 4:15-6:00pm, San Miguel

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[66.01] Why Space Debris?: Opening Discourse

J-D. Mulholland (Institut Azur Espace)

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The purpose of this Topical Session is to bring together for the first time at AAS astronomically-significant facets of both natural cosmic particles and manmade spacecraft detritus (cf my abstract ``Light and Heavy Pollution", for the 199th meeting last January). Both types of particle impact orbiting instruments, manned spacecraft -- & sometimes even Earth -- at > 10km/sec. The target doesn't care the origin of the impactor, only that it's performance risks degradation or even its very existence. Thus space astronomers must be concerned about the full range of known dangers. We have organized this Topical Session in assembling a wide range of talks on different aspects of the subject. My rôle is to give a short overview, some examples and some preliminary interpretation. At the end, I will present a synthesis and wrap-up, with discussion.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: brigadee@rivieramail.com

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